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Old 08-31-2006, 10:51 AM   #1
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Firefox not recognizing JAVA plugin


I am using the fairly new backtrack (formerly Auditor) Linux OS on an IBM R40. I'm in the process of configuring my OS for several additional features mainly Openoffice and a few other apps that need to have a pointer to the java plugin. I ran through the lengthy process of installing the distro to the HD. Everything went well. Now I'm stuck trying to figure out why firefox won't see the plugin in the browser. Below is a step by step procedure of what I did. Any help would be appreciated.

Installed java into the dir: /usr/java/

chmod a+x jre-1_5_0-linux-i586.bin

2. Started the installation process.

Displayed a binary license agreement.

3. The JRE is installed in the /usr/java/jre1.5.0 directory.

The installation completes

I then created the link to the modzilla plugin:

1. Went to the plugins sub-directory under the Mozilla installation directory
cd <Mozilla installation directory>/plugins

2. In the current directory, created a symbolic link to the JRE ns7/ file Typed:
ln -s <JRE installation directory>/plugin/i386/ns7/

3. Start Mozilla browser or restart it if it is already running.
4. Yes I enabled Java in the browser as well.

I have done this procedure a hundred times before and this time I am perplexed as to what the cause of my probelm is. I verified the package was complete and not corrupt as well. Thanks for the help!

Old 08-31-2006, 12:30 PM   #2
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did you try using the gcc29 build?
Old 08-31-2006, 01:23 PM   #3
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I have Mozilla 1.4 and the gcc29 build I believe is primarely for mozilla 1.2 or netscape. But yes that did run across my mind and the answer is yes I did try that as well. Obviously without any success.
Old 08-31-2006, 01:24 PM   #4
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does have all of the needed dependencies or did you build it?

Not quite sure whats happening... I gave up on java when i tried to get it running.
Old 09-01-2006, 04:56 AM   #5
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Re: Firefox not recognizing Java plugin

Try the following link

Quoting the above link only :
" If you have not already done so go to "System" > "Administration" > "Security Level and Firewall". Enter your root password and click "ok". On the "SELinux" tab click on "Modify SELinux Policy", click on "Compatibility" to open it and tick the check box next to "Allow the use of shared libraries with Text Relocation". Click "ok". Reboot your machine to implement the new SELinux policy."

Once this is done install the plugin and it should work, same thing is applicable for firefox flash-plugin also.
Old 09-28-2006, 11:42 AM   #6
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Sorry for the long delay. I will give this a hot when I get home. Been out of town the last 2 weeks.

On a side note, does anyone have an idea how to setup the dhcp client to run automatically when the OS boots? I'm sick of having to initiate the dhcp client.


Old 09-28-2006, 12:37 PM   #7
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I am no expert, but when I had problems with firefox not knowing that java was installed, it was because firefox was not set as my default browser, so the java installer made itself at home with seamonkey instead. reinstalled java after selecting firefox as my default browser and that worked for me.
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Awesome Idea.... I'll try it....

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If Backtrack is based on Slackware (as this says), then you'll want to look in /etc/rc.d to get the DHCP client to run. Specifically (and this is for Slackware), the file you want is rc.inet1.conf, where you can choose to use DHCP for your interface(s). For example, my eth0 section of rc.inet1.conf looks like:

# Config information for eth0:

This won't actually run the DHCP client, that is done by rc.inet1, which first checks the config file to see if USE_DHCP is set to yes and if it is, the client is run.


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